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Management Major

Overview

Today’s managers must go beyond the simple command and control of people, beyond the enforcement of rules and regulations, beyond the desire for organizational stability and efficiency; today’s managers must understand and employ the full breadth of management skills and capabilities.  The management major provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary to ethically lead a going business or start a new venture. 

The goal of managing is to help individuals develop the skills to find innovative solutions to the problems that confront today’s organizations—whether they are everyday challenges or once-in-a-career crises.  Entrepreneurship, fundamentally, is about innovation.[1]  It is recognizing opportunities and acting on them.  Entrepreneurs are agents of change.  Being entrepreneurial requires the ability to think creatively, innovate, and lead the development of an idea to implementation.  As noted by the management scholar Richard Daft, “ethical turmoil, the need for crisis management skills, mobile business, economic recession and rampant unemployment, rapidly changing technologies, globalization, outsourcing, increasing government regulation, social media, global supply chains, the Wall Street meltdown, and other challenges place demands on managers”[2] beyond relying on formulaic responses.

At The Citadel Baker School of Business, we don’t teach students to “Think outside the box,” we teach students how to obliterate the box altogether. The management major provides students with opportunities to learn how to solve complex problems using traditional and non-traditional methods. Through specially tailored courses, we expose students to various aspects of entrepreneurship as well as intrapreneurship.[3] “Intrapreneur” is the term used for individuals who innovate within existing businesses or organizations.  Throughout the Principled Management & Entrepreneurship program, we help shape principled leaders by developing critical thinking skills and exposing them to varied worldview points. 

Within the Baker School of Business is our Innovation Lab—a small operation with a large undertaking as it operates as an idea hub for entrepreneurially-minded students across campus.  Our mission is to “create principled change agents of innovation that solve complex problems.”  To achieve this, we teach students to think creatively using a variety of means to solve problems of all sizes.

Intended Outcomes

As a Principled Manager and Entrepreneur, our management graduates develop the knowledge and skills to build trust, inspire commitment, lead change, harness people’s creativity and enthusiasm, find shared vision and values, and share authority and responsibility.  Our program provides content and guidance regarding how to assess the moral and ethical dimensions of business decisions in a principled manner. 

Going beyond rote memorization of the components of management (i.e. planning, organizing, leading, and controlling organizational resources), Management major students engage in their chosen discipline by giving them greater choice in career preparation, offering them academic specialization in the chosen area, providing both tailored and professional advice from a faculty member internally and specialized guidance about their chosen field from a professional in the business world through the Coaching Program, and experientially exposing students through internships and professional development.

Management majors are strongly encouraged to do an industry internship—this is supervised work experience related to the desired career objective.

Coursework

The management major consists of 24 credit hours (eight courses) from the Management & Entrepreneurship Department and other courses from the Baker School of Business that contribute to a robust understanding of management and entrepreneurship.  Twelve hours are required courses (see Table 1); and, the remaining twelve hours are four elective courses (see Table 2) that may be courses from other business discipline-specific classes found in the college catalog or other general college classes that are selected in consultation with the student’s business academic advisor.  Courses will build upon and contribute to a logical career path (e.g., taking a psychology course in human behavior because the future career path is in the residential real estate industry).

 

Table 1. Required Courses for the Management Major

Course

Title

ENTR 301

Principled Entrepreneurship and the Free Enterprise System

MGMT 311

Human Resource Management

MGMT 411

Business Ethics

ENTR 401

Small Business Management/Entrepreneurship

 

Table 2. Elective Courses for the Management Major

Course

Title

ACCT 403

Federal Taxation

BLAW 303

Commercial Law

BLAW 311

Principles of Real Estate

ENTR 411

Technology & Entrepreneurship

FINC 303

Financial Modeling

MGMT 307

Leading Inclusion & Diversity

MGMT 313

Leading Teams

MGMT 421

Management Information Systems

MGMT 460

Business Internship

MGMT 470

Special Topics in Management

MGMT 480

Undergraduate Research in Management

MGMT 490

Independent Study in Management

MKTG 303

Business Development 1

Other courses selected in consultation with your pathway advisor[4]


Advisement

Students in the Management & Entrepreneurship Department are assigned an advisor from faculty in the discipline.  Students are matched with academic advisors and career professionals for academic and practical matters relative to pursuing their desired career path.

Extra-Curricular Components

The Management major also includes a number of extra-curricular components:

  1. Coaches – Coaches from the Coaches Program with experience in the field that the student wishes to pursue are assigned.
  2. On-campus clubs and activities – Students have access to and are encouraged to participate in free enterprise related clubs, organizations, and events including the Bulldog Business Bowl student business plan competition, an evening bi-weekly reading group that meets to discuss books and articles provided for students, and a lecture series in entrepreneurship and free enterprise.
  3. Internship & independent study opportunities – Students are encouraged to do internships, which provides exposure to and experience in their desired career fields, or an independent study with a faculty member on a formal research project.

[1] See: http://www.econlib.org/library/Enc/Entrepreneurship.html

[2] Daft, Richard L., Management, 12th ed., New York:  Cengage. 2016, p. xv.

[3] See:  http//en.wikipeidia.org/wiki/Intrapreneurship

[4] In consultation with your faculty advisor, other courses may be selected from any discipline that will strengthen your skill set for this professional pathway.

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